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Jamaica

From 27 member  reviews
Members say: Dated, Entertaining, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow

About the show

Harlem Repertory Theatre presents a revival of this 1957 Calypso musical by Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen ('The Wizard of Oz') which was a hit for Lena Horne. More…

'Jamaica' centers around a beautiful island girl named Savannah. She dreams of leaving her simple home for bustling New York City. But when a NYC businessman asks for her hand in marriage, she's not sure she wants to go. The production examines how an isolated community navigates the perils of love, family, and relationships while confronting the increasing pressures of American commercialism, class struggles, and racism.


Member Reviews (27)

MEMBERS SAY:

Dated, Entertaining, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow

70
Ambitious, Dated, Resonant, Well staged & danced, Slow

See it if Arlen/Harburg's 1957 musical about what "island folks" are like Very dated (how could it not be?) Highly energetic choreography adds a lot

Don't see it if First act vintage 50's musical; 2nd act gets too socio-political but classic 'happy ending' Three leads work hard to keep show on track

90
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Exquisite, Delightful

See it if Love good stories for the time and music.

Don't see it if Hate musicals and dancing.

70
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if want to experience a refreshing trip to the west indies

Don't see it if do not enjoy calypso

79
Ambitious, Resonant, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if Harold Arlen’s music and Yip Harbug’s book & lyrics interest you.You enjoy an uneven, energetic cast try to make sense of a 60 yr old show.

Don't see it if You’re not engaged by community theatre performances, can’t stand bad sound design, or are not interested in the Arlen/Harburg collaboration

Also I am an Arlen lover from way back. He is the most sung yet least sung ... Read more Read less

75
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You like good singing and a romantic story line.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

82
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant

See it if I THOUGHT THERE WAS A LOT OF GREAT EFFORT ON THIS MUSICAL CONSIDERING A DATED BOOK, THE LEAD ACTRESS WAS GREAT

Don't see it if IF YOU DONT LIKE CULTURAL MUSICALS THAT TOOK A CHANCE ON OLDER MATERIAL

84
Fluffy, Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Because it was on Broadway in 50's and Lena Horne was the lead

Don't see it if you are expecting a cast of more than college quality.

During previews
87
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Romantic, Delightful

See it if you are not familiar with this seldom seen musical. Has lots of heart, some wonderful songs/music, and a very enthusiastic group of singers.

Don't see it if you expect a big Broadway/style musical. Sets are simple but evocative with special video to complement the great singing and acting.See it.

During previews
76
Ambitious, Entertaining, Dated, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if you are a student of historic forgotten musicals. The production did a great job with a dated and problematical book. Fun evening.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional happy musical. I applaud the company for bringing this musical to light and showing its relevance to today

During previews
87
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Love romance, dancing, singing and history

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding Caribbean accents

During previews
75
Absorbing, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you like not slick or fancy but sincere shows, and if you appreciate the genius of Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg, who wrote it.

Don't see it if You demand Broadway slickness and perfect sound quality and famous names who are frequently over-rated.


September 12th, 2017
“A colorful, exuberant revival...Grant saw the relevance of ‘Jamaica’ for today’s world and mounted an entertaining, meaningful production with a spirited, bright, and enthusiastic ensemble cast...'Jamaica' still has plenty to say and this smart HRT production communicates it with gusto...Choreog...
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